On October 28th at 7 pm, join us for the riveting one-act drama I Dream Before I Take the Stand by Arlene Hutton. A defense lawyer cross examines a woman during her testimony in a sexual assault case. This drama has mature elements and themes-parents should use discretion for students under 13.
The playwright Arlene Hutton has said that her play is about every woman’s fear of being raped and being blamed for it. The character of “She” is imagining what will take place the next day in the courtroom when she is interrogated by the defense attorney. So it is a dream play, or rather a nightmare. In an actual courtroom the lawyer would not be able to ask some of the questions he does. Hutton gets around this by making it surreal. The lawyer verbally rapes the woman and the play ends as it begins, the cycle starting over, the feeling of being raped never ending. The play is dedicated to “every woman who ever walked in a park.”
Colonial Forge High School, 550 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554
Admission will be $5, and a donation will be made to The Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault.